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Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2006
7:49 PM

Post #2424970

Hi folks,

I'm wondering if anyone in the DC area summers their orchid cactus outside? Would they like it?
I tried some young cuttings a couple of years ago, but they hated either the sun (late morning sun may have been too much?), the heat, or the humidity...

I figure if it was just too much sun, I can kick some out onto the balcony for the rest of the summer.

Ki
growing mainly orchids and gesneriads in an apartment in NoVa

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
5:47 PM

Post #2439626

Hmmm...good question...I have mine on the north/west side of the house under a ficus tree...but it's my first year trying these beauties. You might want to post your question in the Orchid Cactus Forum http://davesgarden.com/forums/f/episetc/all/ You might get more feedback there. Good luck!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
7:15 PM

Post #2439985

Hey, Ki--and everyone,

I have a huge Ric-Rac cactus that I keep outside every Summer, pretty much in full sun and it has grown very full and with, obnoxiously, long "fronds". I think it is in the same family as Orchid cactus???? The "real" name of it is "Cryptocereus Anthonyanus".

This Summer, for the first time, it bloomed!!!! I guess it has reached the "miserably pot-bound" stage, so it bloomed. A lesson to those that always want to transplant things in bigger pots. Many plants prefer to be rootbound (AV's, Spath, Cactuses and succulents, Mums, etc.)

When a "frond" on this gets too anoyingly long, I cut it off and chop it into 4" pieces and root them all. I did so last Summer and I now have a batch that is rooted and ready to "go"--maybe 12 of them.

Offering this up to the "Home Folk" first. I refuse to go to the "Plant Exchange Forums!" It's name is G-R-E-E-D!!!

It takes many years for it to get this big. My "Momma" is about 12 years old and has only been transplanted ONCE! It is now in a 10" HB (see pictures below). The only problem is that it is very heavily one-sided. Not much I can do...just hope the hangers can continue to support the weight.

Then--I always look at the "bright" side. Should it come crashing down one day, it will just give me more "fronds" (don't know what else to call them?) to cut up and root. EVERY piece and fragment of this has always rooted!

OK! Went out just now and took these pictures. Here's Momma hanging under my high deck roof--from the outside.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
7:16 PM

Post #2439988

and here she is looking out fron under the roof.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
7:19 PM

Post #2439999

Here is the tray of rooted cuttings. These are just from last year. Look and see the fat "original" pieces and see how much it has grown since I put them putside this Summer!

Send me a D-mail if you want one and include your address. Postage should be under $2.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
7:23 PM

Post #2440012

Here's one of the blooms. First time it bloomed!

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Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
7:26 PM

Post #2440026

You've got to be so excited!!! I've got a 6" one in a pot...guess I'll be waiting a bit for a bloom eh? They are a very nice color, for sure!!
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2006
1:30 PM

Post #2442728

Thanks for sharing those pictures, Gitagal. That cactus could almost reach out and hug you. LOL

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Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2006
1:10 AM

Post #2449209

thanks for posting the photos! It looks huge !!! what a plant.

I guess I will try some of the epiphytic types outside this year...
trueepicure
Alexandria, VA

July 7, 2006
12:40 PM

Post #2477690

I hope mine survived the trip from AZ. I was able to get a cutting to root and grow pretty successfully in the blast furnace out there, so I hope it will have survived a couple of weeks wrapped in a box...
vaSandy
Virginia Beach, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2006
7:46 PM

Post #2479142

I was given a cutting from an Orchid Cactus so large, it had to wheeled in and out of the house on a cart. The last time I saw it, there were over 100 blooms.
I place my Orchid Cactus outside in the Summer, where it receives only the morning sun.
It has bloomed every Spring for the last 5 yrs.and has been breath taking.
Gitagal, your pic is wonderful.
Thanks

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